Diary Sow: mystery as African student novelist vanishes in Paris

Diary Sow, who won a grant to study at a prestigious French lycée, was last seen on January 4 SENEGALESE PRESIDENCY/GETTY IMAGES

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An award-winning African student acclaimed as a symbol of the continent’s intellectual future is at the centre of swirling rumours after disappearing in France.

Diary Sow, 20, a baker’s daughter who twice won the annual title of Senegal’s “best pupil” before winning a grant to study at a prestigious French lycée, was last seen on January 4. Her first novel, Sous Le Visage d’un Ange (Under the Face of an Angel), was published in Paris last year. Libération, the French daily, described her as a symbol “of youths of modest origin capable of shining through intelligence alone”.

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